Monthly Archives: January 2016

What Would Jesus Do?

Christians presume everything Jesus did was perfect, or at least really good. Except for Max, most of us are good with that. A friend posted a sincere musing on Facebook the other day. As we say “What Would Jesus Do?” … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 231: A “Culture of Care”

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis calls upon prominent church leaders to reinforce the notion of a far-reaching love. First, Pope Benedict XVI is cited again to urge a more far-reaching love, one … Continue reading

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The Innocence Mission

So often I find I’m late to the party on good new music. There’s little to be found on commercial radio. But not none. Sometimes I listen to a series of songs on YouTube and find myself noticing that right-hand … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 230: Advice from the Little Flower

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Advice from the young doctor: 230. Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Missionary and Pastoral Spirit

Pope Francis addressed the Curia last month just before Christmas. It wasn’t the barnburner of 2014, but a reflection on the word “misericordia,” or mercy. The Holy Father also suggested that his listeners could add to this for some kind … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 229: Mutual Need and Shared Responsibility

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 229. We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 228: Civic and Political Love

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Here we begin a five-section examination on the theme of “Civic and Political Love.” Let’s read: 228. Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity … Continue reading

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Authority And Right, But Also Responsibility

New commenter Tony Phillips mentioned this: Paul VI had absolutely no right or authority to make massive changes to the liturgy. On the second point, wrong. Clearly, he had the authority and almost every Catholic bishop endorsed the full program … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 227: Gratitude at Meals

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 227. One expression of this attitude is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 226: Attentiveness

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Once one has achieved a measure of peace, one becomes more attentive to what surrounds. Life becomes an adventure in noticing, not in finding things, but in being … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 225: Achieving Serenity and Harmony

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Sobreity is not a switch to turn from off to on. Recovering addicts would tell us the achievement of inner peace is a long pilgrimage. 225. On the … Continue reading

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The Passing of Heroes

Not just mine, but other people’s. And even people I don’t consider as heroes. My brother passed around on facebook a meme or two that expressed a certain wishfulness about David Bowie and Glenn Frey and a certain reality-tv clan, … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 224: Roots Sober and Humble

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 224. Sobriety and humility were not favorably regarded in the last century. I would offer a caution about over-reaching on this analysis. I thought there was quite a … Continue reading

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From Another Camp

It can be hard not to attribute human qualities to institutions. Corporations–some of them, anyway–strive to put a human face on their interactions from lofty perches. Others embrace the robocall. Those voices have inflections, but they don’t answer my questions. … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 223: The Liberation of Sobriety

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 223. Such sobriety, when lived freely and consciously, is liberating. It is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a … Continue reading

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